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  • The Chemical Constituents of Jagua

    May 21st, 2008

    principallyJagua Tattoo Products are manufactured from Genipa Americana Extract, which is quite simply a jagua fruit extract that retains the otherwise degenerative colouring properties of the jagua fruit itself. The naturally occuring chemical constituents of jagua are often referred to as ‘Biochemicals’ or ‘Phytochemicals’, because they are occur naturally within the plant matter. There are many phytochemicals present in a jagua tree, but for the purposes of jagua body art we are primarily concerned with those phytochemicals found within the jagua fruit itself.

    The Key Phytochemicals in Jagua Fruit are: Read the full article »

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    The Geographical Origins of Jagua

    February 21st, 2008

    Genipa Americana is known by many different names throughout the many different regions of Central and South America. Some of the most popular names are jagua, huito, jenipapo Click Here for more local names for Genipa Americana.

    Jagua fruits destined for body adornment are harvested when they are unripe and very firm. Traditionally the seeds from the fruit are ground up and the liquid is then used to paint directly onto the skin. The exact process Read the full article »

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    Traditional Jagua Body Art History.

    February 21st, 2008

    It is most likely because of the many highly valued ethnobotanical uses that this fruiting tree is so well dispersed throughout all of tropical and Sub tropical Central and South America.

    No one can say exactly how long Jagua Body painting has been carried out by the indigenous people of the Amazon and Read the full article »

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    The Many Names Of Jagua…

    February 21st, 2008

    Scientific Name Preferred Scientific Name: Genipa Americana L

    Other Scientific Names
    Genipa americana var. caruto (Kunth) K. Schum, Genipa caruto Kunth, Gardenia genipa Sw., Genipa barbata Presl, Genipa codonocaiyx Standl., Genipa cymosa Spruce, Genipa exelsa K Krause, Genipa grandifolia Pers. Genipa oblongifolia Ruiz & Pav., Genipa pubescens DC., Genipa spruceana Steyerm., Genipa venosa Standl., Genipa nervosa Sprce

    Trade Names
    Jagua, Genipa, Marmalade Box Read the full article »

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    Genipin ~ From Genipa Americana (jagua fruit)

    February 20th, 2008

    Molecular Illustration for GenepinGenipin is the phytochemical constiuent of jagua fruit, (and hence jagua products) that is responsible for creating the jagua stain. The higher the genipin content of the jagua fruit, the deeper the resulting stain produced by the jagua product will be. A higher Read the full article »

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    Traditional and Modern Day Uses For Jagua

    March 5th, 2007

    Jagua_Fruit_Vertical_Section_Plus_Whole_Cropped The jagua tree has been used for as long as can be remembered throughout the rainforest’s of Central and South America. Like many of the rainforest plants, the jagua tree is treasured for its many uses as detailed below. These days the jagua tree is still native throughout the biodiverse rainforest’s of Latin America, and the indigenous people still utilize the trees as they have for generations upon generations. Jagua fruit is the most treasured part of the tree, because it provides so many resources. The fruit is Read the full article »

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    The Jagua Tree, Propagation and Cultivation

    March 4th, 2007

    Jagua_TreeDescription
    The Genipa Americana tree stands tall at heights between 10–20 meters (30–65 feet). The trunk is approximately 40 – 80cm in diameter (15–30 inches). It is a deciduous tree with abundant foliage, the short-petioled leaves are more highly concentrated at the branch apex with an average size of 10-30cm (4 –12 inches). Its yellow or white flowers, about 4cm Read the full article »

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    Plant Kingdom Classification

    March 4th, 2007

    The Jagua Tree (Genipa Americana L)

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